Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died Thursday night at his Denver-area home after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was 75.
Bowlen is set to be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer.
His family released a statement in the early-morning hours Friday:
"We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight. Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility. More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being."